GLOUCESTER CITY* 4 – 0 DROYLSDEN. 

Blue Square Bet North - Tuesday 12 March 2013 

by Gary Owen.

*at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham Town FC 

There was a Festival of Goals and Near-misses around the corner from the famous Cheltenham Racecourse at Gloucester City’s temporary home, as the hosts cantered to a comfortable victory at Whaddon Road on the opening day of the famous race meeting.

 Droylsden’s different team brought a new show to town, but once the hosts had taken the lead on 34 minutes, it was just one long home straight for them. 

Indeed, it was The Bloods who dominated the opening 15 minutes or so, looking like a team of thoroughbreds, but the Tigers soon got into their stride with the impressive Lewis Hogg testing Dale Latham. 

City then forced a series of corners, and kept the pressure on their visitors as Tom Hamblin saw his header skim off the Droylsden bar from Danny Andrew’s cross. However, Droylsden failed to settle during this time, and once Steve Davies collected the ball on the left flank, he had only one thing in his mind, which was to dance around Lewis Chalmers and steer his shot around Latham for the opening goal. 

Luke Watson miss-kicked in front of goal from Carlos Logan’s cross as Droylsden tried to strike back, but City were soon on the offensive again when a mistake from Chalmers gave possession away to Hogg, and the attack resulted in another Davies effort being cleared off the line by Andy Langford. From the resultant corner, Davies should have done better than to shoot over the bar from a good position. 

In first-half added time, a deep cross from Andrew was met at the far post by Chris Holland, who nodded home, with Latham looking disappointed he didn’t do better.

Moments after the re-start, City failed to notch their third when it seemed easier to score. Firstly, Hogg played Darren Edwards through on goal, but he miscued with only Latham to beat. Hogg retrieved the ball from going for a goal-kick, only to steer his effort against the post when faced with an open goal. Edwards was still around from his miss, but saw his second effort well stopped by Latham. 

Five minutes later, Adam Mann curled a beauty of a shot against the bar. 

Droylsden then began to keep the ball for a while, but Mike Green remained untested, and a City counter-attack saw Davies cushion a long pass exquisitely into the path of Hogg, and Latham tipped over his first-time effort – a passage of play that would have graced a much higher level of the game. 

It was 3-0 on 77 minutes, when Tom Webb drilled the ball across the face of goal for Edwards to make up for his earlier miss, before Latham saved again from Hogg. 

Droylsden threatened briefly through Jimmy Derbyshire, whose shot was blocked, from which City launched another attack, but Latham turned away Joe Parker’s effort. 

The Bloods then conceded their 99th goal of the season so far when Matt Liddiard headed home at the far post, and in the dying moments Green saved with his legs following a probing run from Derbyshire as Droylsden tried to take a small positive from an otherwise disappointing night. 

Bloods’ keeper Dale Latham was named Man of the Match, and both teams fielded members of their management teams as substitutes (albeit unused). 

TEAMS

Harrogate Town:            Green, Green, Andrew, Hamblin, Holland (LIddiard, 50’), Webb, Hogg (Mustoe, 85’), Harris, Edwards, Davies (Parker, 78’), Mann.

Subs. not used:            Mehew. 

Droylsden:                              Latham, Minihan, Holden, Chalmers, Langford, Derbyshire, Watson, Logan (Ward, 65’), O’Neill (Berkeley, 70’), Cox (LIddle, 82’).

Subs. not used:               Sealey, Lattie. 

ATTENDANCE:                 142 

REFEREE:                            Mr. Mark Pottage (Dorset)

 

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